Services for mental health users within Inverclyde moved to a new office base at Crown House which was officially opened today by Elinor Smith, Vice Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Crown House will provide a 'state of the art' facility for people that have mental health issues and represents the high standard of facilities that patients expect for 21st century mental health services.
Staff from the Community Mental Health Teams including services for adults, older people and primary care will move into the new building providing a single point of access to Inverclyde Health and Social Work staff.
The building has been internally designed to provide top quality accommodation and is part of the first phase in the closure of Ravenscraig Hospital site.
The new accommodation is located close to bus and train services offering a more accessible and co-ordinated integrated mental health service.
Officially opening the building, Elinor Smith said: “This is the first of three major projects which reprovide mental health services in top quality accommodation with co-location of NHS staff and social work colleagues to facilitate the integration of services.
“When completed in 2010 all three facilities will represent a total investment of almost £5m in Inverclyde for the benefit of our communities.
“This has been achieved in consultation with a range of stakeholders and the excellent partnership working which we enjoy with our colleagues in Inverclyde Council.”
Susanna McCorry-Rice, Head of Mental Health in Inverclyde said: 'This is a major step in implementing the mental health service changes that result from the closure of Ravenscraig Hospital over the next two years.
“The opening of Crown House is an exciting first step that represents a great deal of hard work for everyone involved. The driving focus behind the modernising of mental health services in Inverclyde is improving services for all patients and services users.
“The opening of an additional two new facilities during 2010 will be the second phase with the closure of Ravenscraig complete by the end of 2011.
“We hope Crown House will be the first in a series of improvements that add to the vitality of Inverclyde and the means of making a difference to the people of Inverclyde.”
Convener of Health and Social Care Councillor Joe McIlwee said: "There is no doubt Ravenscraig is no longer fit for purpose and I believe we have put in place a robust and realistic programme to offer the best possible services in Inverclyde by working closely in partnership with our colleagues in the Health Service.
“Today is an important landmark in that process and we are already moving forward with the process.
“Last week the Health and Social Care Committee approved proposals for a new 77-bed mental health facility in Gourock which will meet the needs of adults with mental health problems."
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